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The overnight budget resolution vote in the Senate makes good on president Joe Biden’s promise to move swiftly on relief measures for those in the economy affected by the coronavirus pandemic. At 8:30am EST (1:30pm GMT) we’ll get the latest jobs report numbers, which will be the first major indicator of how the economy is faring since he took office.
The $1.9 trillion relief package proposed would be used to speed Covid-19 vaccines throughout the nation. Other funds would extend special unemployment benefits that will expire at the end of March and make direct payments to people to help them pay bills and stimulate the economy. Democrats also want to send money to state and local governments dealing the worst health crisis in decades.
Gloria Oladipo reports for us on how Black and Latino Chicagoans in dire need of vaccines are struggling to get them:
The need is dire: Despite Black people only accounting for 30% of Chicago’s population, Black Chicagoans make up 60% of all Covid-19 cases. And lack of hospitals, prominence of food deserts, and other inequalities has turned Covid-19 into an even more lethal health crisis for these communities. But even during Chicago’s Phase 1A, when only healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents and staff were eligible for vaccination, the majority of those vaccinated were from more affluent areas such as downtown and the North Side.